NICOSIA, Cyprus – Radius Oceanic Communications and Cyta have completed testing and commissioning the Poseidon submarine cable system, a fiber optic network built to serve the oil and gas and scientific markets in the Eastern Mediterranean. Radius and its regional telecom partner, Cyta, also have completed work to establish dual landing facilities in Cyprus, and to implement high-bandwidth end-to-end connectivity from Cyprus to the US.
For the first time, area operators can plan deepwater production development to include the benefits of fiber optic capacity.
CSnet International Inc., the initial tenant on Poseidon, and whose existing Offshore Communications Backbone (OCB) provided an integral fiber segment for the Poseidon network, will begin migrating scientific traffic to Poseidon in April. CSnet will use Poseidon to more efficiently offer oceanographic, hydrographic, and seismic data to all interested parties on a near real-time basis.
The Poseidon network extends for some 800 km (497 mi) from two shore landings in Cyprus, creating a fiber ring that borders the Cypriot EEZ, and enveloping the offshore oil and gas lease blocks established for development by the Republic of Cyprus. The network is designed as a trunk and branch system, enabling additional fiber extensions and alternate landings as new areas for development are opened outside Cypriot waters and as customer requirements expand. The Radius operating model will offer high-capacity managed broadband services, end-to-end global capacity, and 24/7 network monitoring and support.
“With the Poseidon system now live, a strategic goal is realized, that of providing secure, high-bandwidth, fiber optic capabilities throughout this highly critical oil and gas environment,” said Jim Byous, president of Radius Oceanic Communications Inc. “The collaborative planning and implementation efforts of the Radius, Cyta, and CSnet International teams have achieved an industry first, bringing a widely accessible submarine fiber network into operation in advance of full oil and gas production. Planning, monitoring, and exploration functions will benefit greatly and we are excited about the benefits these capabilities will bring to deepwater operators in the region.”
Radius Oceanic and Cyta commission Poseidon submarine network
Radius Oceanic Communications and Cyta have completed testing and commissioning the Poseidon submarine cable system, a fiber optic network built to serve the oil and gas and scientific markets in the Eastern Mediterranean.